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This arrived from Airfix recently along with three other parcels and I fancied getting on with it.

 

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It also gives me the chance to throw some PRU Blue around the place.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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29 minutes ago, ColinChipmunkfan said:

In for a penny in for a pound.  I have never built an Airfix Swift so following this one!!

Welcome aboard.

I was so pleased when they announced this reissue as i'd never had the chance to get one before.

 

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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Alistair,

 

Crikey - you're a machine! Will follow with interest,

 

Cheers,

 

Roger

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15 hours ago, Spookytooth said:

I think I will watch from the wing on this one Alistair.

 

Simon.

Nice to have you along for the ride Simon

 

13 hours ago, Dunny said:

Alistair,

 

Crikey - you're a machine! Will follow with interest,

 

Cheers,

 

Roger

Thanks Roger and welcome aboard.

 

12 hours ago, CJP said:

I think you will have fun with this one - builds up into a lovely little model of the Swift.

Chris

Thanks Chris,

I'm looking forward to it.

Nice to know it goes together well.

 

9 hours ago, stevehnz said:

I bought one some years ago after watching someone on here produce a cracker out of it. I'll be interested to see this come together too.

Steve.

Welcome aboard Steve i just hope I don't put you off.

 

5 hours ago, bigbadbadge said:

Crikey this is a surprise Alistair,  you are certainly motoring through these kits . It's always good yo see PRU blue too.

:popcorn:

Chris

Thanks Chris,

Can't get enough PRU Blue.

 

3 hours ago, Steve Coombs said:

Oh, yes! Going to stick a Freightdog belly tank on it?

Unfortunately not as the tanks seem to be missing from the website now.

I'll just need to use the kit one.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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@AliGauld it's a lovely kittle kit (I have one on the go intermittently at present and an F. Mk. 4 in the stash) but for me the thing that lets it down is the way that Airfix depict the engine intake ducts; the huge bellmouth that goes down to the keel just doesn't do it for me. 

I'm most of the way through putting some thin plasticard liners in, running back from the intake lips to the compressor face.  I haven't a scooby of how to post images on here to show you what I've done (and I can't make sense of the "how to" threads) but it's a bit of a fiddle to get the right shape.  I glued the kit intake parts into one fuselage half and then formed a half-round "duct" from the compressor face to the intake lip.  Once I was satisfied that the shape was close enough for government work I used the part as a template for the other side which I rolled in the opposite direction to form a mirror-image of the first one.  The ducts can be fiddled around the cockpit section for fuselage assembly without too much faff and, I hope, provide something better for the intake geeks to peer down at model shows.  Such is AMS.......

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This is where i would normally invoke a .gif of Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa saying, "Ooooh, It's  Bingo!!"

 

I was one of those that bought the kit back in about 2014-2015  when a handful managed to trickle into shops on the west coast.

 

Molded in the blue-grey "Soapy" plastic, mine had unsightly ejector pin knockout marks that looked like they punched all the way through the fuselage skin. I've been waiting to get my hands on one in the 'New" plastic.

 

It's a plane i wanna build, solely for the shape of the wing planform. Looking forward to more.

 

-d-

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49 minutes ago, David H said:

This is where i would normally invoke a .gif of Christoph Waltz as Hans Landa saying, "Ooooh, It's  Bingo!!"

 

I was one of those that bought the kit back in about 2014-2015  when a handful managed to trickle into shops on the west coast.

 

Molded in the blue-grey "Soapy" plastic, mine had unsightly ejector pin knockout marks that looked like they punched all the way through the fuselage skin. I've been waiting to get my hands on one in the 'New" plastic.

 

It's a plane i wanna build, solely for the shape of the wing planform. Looking forward to more.

 

-d-

Thanks -d-,

It should be fun.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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Well this one has turned out be a bit of a trial with some less than stellar fit and dodgy location points.

But, some progress has been made.

 

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For anyone building this kit after me to get the cockpit and nose wheel bay to fit where they are supposed to then you need to sand about 1.5mm from the front of the cockpit part and then fit them in place separately.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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Turning now to nose weight.

The destructions call for 2g and there isn't much space to get it stuck in.

So, I turned yet again to the Tungsten Putty.

 

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There's about 7g in there and it feels like plenty but this is me so out with the masking tape.

 

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The centre of gravity is about 1 cm forward of the wheel wells.

When balanced on the wells.

 

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Yup I think that's enough.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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6 minutes ago, Spookytooth said:

Oh look, a diving Swift..

You are winning this one Alistair.

 

Simon.

Thanks Simon,

Oh, I'll get there. :fight:

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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Aye the instruction are a little vague and the parts a bit agricultural.

Glad to know it can be built up though.

 

4 minutes ago, Gondor44 said:

Tungsten Putty :hmmm:sounds like a plan.

Handy stuff for tight areas as you can just pack it in.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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Hope you don't mind if I post a single pic of each as motivation/inspiration

 

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All three are brush painted and the lighting in the photographs was terrible, more so in some than others.

 

Gondor

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8 minutes ago, Gondor44 said:

Hope you don't mind if I post a single pic of each as motivation/inspiration

Absolutely not a problem.

Thanks for those it will give me the impetus to keep moving forward.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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24 minutes ago, bigbadbadge said:

Great progress despite the fit issues, great that you have more than enough nose weight too. Cracking job  Alistair

Chris

Thanks Chris,

It seems to be fairly plain sailing from now on.

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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Some Insignia white blasted down the intakes followed by glue and a few more plastic bits.

 

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Looking a bit more like a Swift now.

Next up dealing with the seams and gaps of which there are a few.

 

Thanks for looking,

 

Cheers,

Alistair

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